|I have a 2003 Dell Precision Workstation M60 Notebook 1GB RAM computer running Win2000 SP4.|
I have made no changes to this computer, Windows update is disabled, running AVG anti-virus, behind firewalls, with software firewalls, (amongst a network of other systems running Win2000, XP and XP x64 running great) and this notebook has been running great for ages.
For some bizarre reason, this morning when I went to boot this machine, the machine starts, gets past all the BIOS stuff, starts Win2000 and the screen gets to the point when the desktop color starts to show and the mouse cursor is on the screen (and you think it's going to boot) then it Blue Screens with this error:
'windows logon process system process terminated unexpectedly 0x00000080, etc.'
It sits there for about 30 seconds and then automatically reboots and then Blue Screens again. It did this about 5 times as I was trying to get it to boot. Now after many tries... it goes through this process but doesn't Blue Screen... just hangs with the desktop background color and mouse cursor showing.
I got out the Win2000 SP4 install disk and booted from there. I am able to use the Recovery Console and login and see the hard disk. All seems fine and all the files are there. I did a Chkdsk p and the disk was checked and all seemed well (but it did say something about fixing one error). I re-booted again but get the same result of hanging with mouse cursor.
The system has the AutoWinLogon key setup so it always automatically logs me on when booting up.
Naturally, the system has important data on it and it will be a HUGE pain to re-install the Win2000 OS and have the registry wiped out and then have to reinstall all apps because their registry info was wiped out.
I feel like it's something simple that could be fixed if I knew what to fix since the disk and system seems mostly intact.
Any ideas how to fix this with minimum pain?
Thanks for any ideas!